Take A Seat Initiative

Our ‘Take A Seat’ initiative aims to make York more accessible to older people.

Take A Seat: Making York More Age Friendly

We are thrilled to be working with City of York Council on an initiative called ‘Take A Seat’. This initiative is all about making York more accessible to older people who may have reduced mobility but want to get out and about and maintain the quality of life they have always enjoyed in York.

At Home Instead we provide a service that enables older people to continue living in their own homes with some extra support – you can read about it here

We see through our work how elderly people can be isolated and marginalised and that’s why We want play our part in making York “age friendly”.

How Can Businesses Do Their Bit To Be Age Friendly?

Businesses taking part in the ‘Take A Seat’ scheme display a sticker (example below) to indicate that a seat or facilities are available for use in their premises with no obligation to make a purchase.

From research gathered by Age Friendly York, residents have said that they would benefit from having more places where they can rest their legs and need access to more toilets when they are out and about.

Home Instead is working with local organisations to ask whether they have a seat, facilities, or both, that people can use in York. This is particularly important to older people; people with disabilities and people with long term conditions whether they are a local resident or someone visiting the city. Upon agreement the business displays a sticker in their window, making it clear for visitors to see. There’s also a map of all the participating organisations.

We’ve had great interest in the initiative already, with a growing number of businesses happy to be involved. You can view these by using our interactive map, below.

For more information on the initiative or, if your business has a seat/facilities that people could use, contact us on 01904 690884 or email: [email protected].